Island City Opera, a real Jewel
I was visiting Alameda from Oregon recently and was able to attend the final performance of City Island Opera’s La Rondine at the Alameda Elks Club. Having been an opera subscriber in Portland, Ore., for years, I was interested to see how a local community production differed from “city opera.” I was so pleasantly surprised at the quality of this opera, performed by a community organization and sung by many singers from San Francisco Opera and Opera San Jose.
The room was beautiful and the acoustics quite brilliant. Perhaps the Tiffany dome above had something to do with that, but the glow of the light was very unique.
Being so close to the performers was very different from my usual opera experience. I was impressed that there didn’t seem to be one bad seat in the house. Ticket prices were very reasonable indeed!
The quality of the voices was impressive to say the least. In truth, I found the performance much more emotionally satisfying than a city opera performance. Tears of joy were shed. Another benefit was being able to meet and visit briefly with the performers after the opera and feel part of a true community opera experience.
How fortunate the East Bay is to have this amazing opera company. I cannot think of another like it where the audience feels such a connection with the performance. I hope that the population of the East Bay will continue to support this jewel of an opera company.